Viral video challenges regularly appear on social media. A recent craze, the Skull Breaker Challenge, has been made popular by the video sharing app TikTok. Whilst appealing to youngsters, it is also dangerous.
What is the Skull Breaker Challenge?
This challenge involves asking someone to stand between two people who jump on the spot first, followed by the person in the middle. While they are in the air the two who started the challenge kick the legs of the third person away, leaving them to fall heavily onto the ground. The practice itself is certainly stupid and has already led to serious injury. News stories have appeared online, that at least two children in the United States were rushed to hospital after unknowingly being part of the challenge. Many parents have called for the practice to be banned in schools and from TikTok entirely as falling so heavily on the back of the head can lead to significant brain injury.
What is the Pass Out Challenge?
A similar trend, the Pass Out challenge, where participants cut off circulation to their brain, led to the deaths of several child after its popularity exploded on social media.
The Skull Breaker, in contrast, involves two people intentionally putting someone else’s well-being at risk, not the person hurting themselves. Doing so is far from a laugh between friends and those responsible for injuring others should be held responsible.
What do Tik Tok say?
TikTok have denounced the practice and the parents of many children already hurt by the Skull Breaker have called for schools to be held responsible.
Skull Challenge Compensation
However, children in their teenage years can be held liable for causing such injury, just as they can be held accountable for committing a crime. Parents may be found responsible for the actions of their child. Household insurance policies of the parents may provide insurance cover for those responsible for causing harm. Therefore, if your child has suffered an injury as a result of the Skull Breaker challenge or similar violent pranks, they may be able to claim compensation.